[Trend for SS12] Broderie Anglaise

Celine / Dolce and Gabbana

You may have noticed a slight bombardment of a theme across our high streets recently: Broderie Anglaise (not going to even try pretending I didn't have to google that).  I guess Louis Vuitton prompted it first, with their amazing fairground themed show all that time ago.  But what Marc stands, the rest finish - everyone from Dolce and Gabbana to Vivienne Tam quickly produced similarly designed pieces.

Akira (Australia Fashion Week) / Louis Vuitton

To explain, and to repeat my learnings; Broderie Anglaise is a form of needlework on white cloth incorporating cutwork, lace and embroidery.  It's a very old method, and was used back in time to juice-up basic clothing at a fairly low cost.  Often sits well with Western/Cowboy themes as they did the same thing.  I have found tonnes of pieces recently, and here are my favourites.

I love how crazily intricate some of them are, and for that reason I'd pair them up with basic shorts, denim chambray shirts and black leather trousers.  The Hobbs skirt would look fab with a grey tee and pumps.  There seems to be something a bit nautical about the look, so Breton tees would be great with the theme - can't work how though - any tips!?  I walked past someone today wearing a fab broderie-peplum top, blue skinny jeans and black heels. Perfect mix of classic and trend = love.

Lastly... I was just emailed by the lovely Whistles team about their new pieces and this gorgeous Millie blouse dropped into my inbox.  Fits the trend perfectly - I NEED it! Also... if you enjoy reading South Molton St Style it would mean the world to me if you could vote for me in the Cosmopolitan Blogger Awards here. Thank you MILLIONS in advance.

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Claire said...

Just voted, is it new fashion blog or established fashion blog though?

Aurélie and Angelo said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Love broderie anglaise! That Céline dress is just exquisite! xxx

Style Spot said...

I need that Dolce & Gabbana dress in my life. Can think of so many different ways to wear it. Love, S xx

Anonymous said...

The dress from Three Floor is a lovely example in this style. The day I scanned this post after you tweeted it, I noticed several styles like this in New York on my way to work that morning!

Unknown said...

I LOVE this trend, it's one of my favourite ones. Thanks for the great post.

Sarah Betty xx

Phuong said...


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Lauren Dimesky said...

Thank you for the post--exquisite!


Anonymous said...

Summer always makes me want to wear white broderie anglaise, the Dolce dress is just so lady like chic.x

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